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Nigeria’s winning war against Covid-19 — SGF

By Hassan Zaggi

The Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has given what many considered as cheering news that the Covid-19 curve is flattening.
This is an indication that the disease is losing its grip on Nigeria.
Speaking at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 media briefing on Thursday, the SGF, however, warned that it is time to exercise what he described as cautious optimism.
“Looking back at our National Response, using science, data and experience from other countries, we cannot but say that tremendous progress has been made and that we are beginning to notice that the curve is flattening.
“However, as we have always stated, this positive development shall be taken with vigilance and cautious optimism.
“This is based on the fact that we are convinced that we have not tested enough, we have only recently reopened our international flights and that nations that had opened up their economies have done a re-think following the resurgence of the cases in their countries,” he said.
Commenting on the reopening of the airports, the SGF said: “The PTF is closely watching the developments at the airports and taking-in comments and observations sent by well-meaning Nigerians and passengers.
“Most of the comments are around the protocols and requirements for departure, arrivals, testing in-country, self-isolation.
“While the PTF regrets all inconveniences experienced by arriving passengers, I wish to state that the overriding public interest is a critical factor propelling the policies.
“The issues with access to the portal, cost, pre-boarding validity timing and other factors remain work in progress and shall be reviewed as and when necessary. The PTF shall remain open to your suggestions and comments.”

Written by ExpressDay


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